The Nigerian authorities are stepping up measures to ensure compliance with the country's cabotage laws.
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has introduced New NIMASA Cabotage Compliance Strategy (NCCS) aimed at ensuring that measures to employ Nigerian national seafarers on coastal trades are enforced.
Under the new measures NIMASA will no longer consider exemptions for a number of officer categories on vessels trading on cabotage trades.
The NCCS will point a new direction to our Cabotage regime as the Agency will no longer consider application for grant of waiver on manning requirements for vessels engaged in coastal trade with regards to 2nd officer, 2nd engineer, 2ndmate down to able seamen, ratings and stewards,” said Dakuku Peterside, the NIMASA director general.
In addition special applications to employ foreign nationals as captains, chief rngineers, chief officers and first mate in the absence of qualified Nigerians woul be considered on merit, but on the condition that such organization will make a plan to train a Nigerian and put in place a transition plan to ensure that the Nigerian takes over the job within one year.